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Posey gets kudos for game-calling skills

Posey gets kudos for game-calling skills

SAN FRANCISCO -- Much has been made about the transition of having Buster Posey behind the plate full time, and so far the Giants pitching staff hasn't missed a beat.

Aside from the numbers -- 3.45 ERA in 14 games, including two shutouts in the past three games -- the starters also said Posey has been challenging them by calling different pitches than they're accustomed to.

"He's a guy who's not afraid to throw different pitches in different counts," Matt Cain said after Saturday's game. "He really gets you to go ahead and be comfortable in yourself and go ahead and be aggressive with pitches that might not seem like the best ones at the time, but just be confident and just throw them."

Posey said he wasn't knowingly calling different pitches in different situations than Cain and Friday starter Barry Zito were used to, but said, with a few more starts together, he hopes to continue to get to know the pitchers better.

As far as which stat line Posey's more proud of -- his personal July numbers at the plate (.481, seven homers entering Sunday) or the Giants' recent success on the mound -- Posey said, "Probably the catching. I mean, if I don't catch a good game there's a good chance we're not going to win. I could not have a good game at the plate and we could win, so that takes precedence."

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